Happy Fourth of July!

Today is one of the days we honor our country and the sacrifices men and women have made for our freedom. One of the ways I’m celebrating is through my art. I spent some time in the studio with a very special American flag, given to my family by my younger brother. Micheal Bradley is a Master Sergeant in the Army and I couldn’t be more proud of him and his service. This flag was flown aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk, tail number 10-20765 in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan.

For this still life image, I wanted to honor the flag and the possibilities that it stands for. I back lit the flag to give it a glowing appearance to represent the bright future that was fought for and won for us. I worked in extra detail and texture of the thousands of threads to make each one more visible, which represents the millions of people who make up our country. Lastly, I kept the flag rough with the visible folds and wrinkles to represent that we while we as a nation are not perfect, we have the potential to be better.

God Bless America! Stay safe with your celebrations!